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WE HONOR THE HISTORY & HERITAGE OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND  COLORADO'S LEGENDARY SKI RESORTS
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Avon Library
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Colorado Ski & Golf
Breckenridge Heritage Center
Idaho Springs Museum
Westin Resort in Avon
$2.3 Million Transformation To Get Underway At The End Of Ski Season--Museum Closed For The Summer


We are excited to report that the highly anticipated $2.3 million transformation of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum will  get underway at the end of April, once Vail Mountain closes for the season.  The Museum will be closed for the summer for construction, reopening in the fall.  A heart-felt Thank You to all of the donors that have made this project possible.

Project Highlights Include:
    
New Visible Entrance
A new prominent entrance, situated directly in front of the parking structure main staircase, will improve visibility and accessibility to the Museum, while also allowing for a reconfigured interior.

Ceiling Height Increased
Drop ceiling tiles will be removed to access 7-10 feet of additional ceiling height, making the exhibit spaces feel more spacious.

Exhibits
The soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, who trained in Colorado during World War II, are the cornerstones of the Colorado ski industry and their story will be the centerpiece of the new Museum. Additionally, Skiing History, Ski Racing, Snowboard Archives, Colorado Ski Resorts, and Ski Fashion and Equipment Evolution, along with the iconic Snowsports Hall of Fame, will all be modernized.

Interactive Media
State-of-the-art interactive exhibit technologies are being incorporated into the exhibit design. Touchscreens in the Skiing History, Colorado Ski Resorts and Hall of Fame Exhibit bays will allow visitors to explore more topics in greater depth than is feasible in the Museum's physical space. Digitized photographs and documents; videos and films; audio recordings and other items from the Museum's archives will come to life at the touch of a finger, adding "edutainment" that will captivate the youngest to oldest visitors.  

If you would like to support our Transformation, click here .
Aspen Celebrates 50 Years of Ski Racing History During 2017 World Cup Finals

A winter-long 50th anniversary celebration of the FIS Alpine  Ski World Cup came to a fitting close in Aspen March 13-19 as the resort played host to the 2017 World Cup Finals, marking the first time in 20 years that an American resort has staged the season-ending event.
 
In addition to the men's and women's action on the racecourse, the history of alpine ski racing was on display, with a full slate of public and private activities that included a March 15 celebration of 50 Years of Ski Racing at the Hotel Jerome. 

The event, presented by the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation, honored Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame member and World Cup co-founder Bob Beattie, who helped to forge the World Cup concept with French journalist Serge Lang and French coach Honore Bonnet during the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile.
Gary DeFrange Bids Farewell To Winter Park

Following an incredible 20-year run, Gary DeFrange is bidding farewell to the Winter Park ski area.   From a quarter century running banks in Denver to guiding Denver-owned Winter Park through its most tumultuous times, DeFrange's list of friends and supporters runs deep.

But that's another leader's job now. DeFrange plans to travel with his wife, Michelle, and do more than wax his collection of five Corvettes, a stable that includes a classic 1965 Nassau Blue convertible Stingray. He is going to work on his golf game. Maybe do some writing. If he skis, it will be for fun.

To read the entire Jason Blevins' story from the Denver Post, click here.

We wish Gary all the best for the next stage of his life and thank him for all his help, support and guidance.
10th Mountain Division "Bunny Boots" 
 
The original 10th Mountain Division "Bunny Boots" were designed to be used in arctic temperatures (below 20 degrees), with little to no moisture.

Because the Colorado climate was not consistently dry-cold like the arctic, the felt boots often got wet, soaked the feet of troopers, and lost their insulation value.

They could be used with skis (groove in the heel), but were poor ski boots when compared to the leather boots with rubber-cleated sole. The smooth soles of the felt boots also had little traction so they were poor climbing or marching boots.  

Due to these issues, mountain troops used these boots rarely, usually as after-ski boots in the barracks, and mukluks were preferred.

Suggestions were made that a built-in gaiter be added in order to prevent snow from falling into the boot. This change was approved and the improved boots were adopted in July 1945. 
Weekly Presentation at the Museum

 

 

CLIMB TO GLORY DOCUMENTARY

NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD  

 

The Museum's non-profit on-line gift shop features the newest 10th Mountain Documentary DVD,  Climb to Glory.   Visit Our Gift Shop